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Phrase meaning



crissorrir
Brazil

Phrase meaning
 
Hi everyone! Need your help again. I read a sentence at the school book that, besides my efforts I could not understand. Itīs the story of a dog that destroyed his ownerīs car. Itīs the part in inverted commas. ...What had been a sturdy, dependable method of delivering frozen food around the city "would now not have looked out of place by a beach on a hot summerīs day" Thank you! Cris

29 May 2014      



Cricria
Mexico

Hello,
It is a metafor.  It means that:
"now" (following what ever happened in the story)
"would not have looked out of place" (not unordinary)
this is the metafor:
like the "beach on a hot summerīs day"
meaning for the beach a hot summerīs day is not unordinary.

Is that what you needed help with?



29 May 2014     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Cricria makes a good point. This is quite obscure and difficult to know exactly what is meant. 

So, before the damage, the van was like a mobile freezer. Now, it īs something you might see by the beach on  a hot summer īs day. Mmm - maybe now that the dog has destroyed the cooling mechanism, it looks hot and sweltering inside? 

I wonder whether the next sentence would make this any clearer?

29 May 2014     



yanogator
United States

My interpretation is that people generally don īt take their pristine car to the beach, since it will come home filled with sand, and with salty wet marks on the seat, so the vehicle that was once very high quality, is now just a "junker" that is used for the most mundane purposes.
 
Bruce

29 May 2014     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

@ Bruce, a-ha, that makes sense!

29 May 2014     



yanogator
United States

Thanks, Lynne, but it īs still just a theory, since the structure of the sentence doesn īt lead a person to that conclusion. It īs certainly no surprise that Cris didn īt understand it.
 
Bruce

30 May 2014     



crissorrir
Brazil

Thank you all guys! the three explanations were very good, but Bruceīs explanation makes sence at the story context. Thanks again! Cris

30 May 2014